March 31, 2012 |
HOUSTON - George W. Bush is as hard to find in his father's office as he is in the 2012 presidential contest. The 43d president appears in a gold-framed picture tucked into a far corner of the room, partially hidden by a Texas flag and a cabinet door. The placement, whether intentional or not, is a reminder of the Republican presidential campaign and the lengths to which Romney and his rivals have tried to marginalize the two-term president. The younger Bush was an afterthought Thursday as his father, former President George H.W. Bush, met with current GOP front-runner Mitt Romney - until a reporter raised the issue.
December 10, 1991 |
BILL'S WORLD From Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star: What is the past tense of Sununu - Sununuked? "The Democrats are simply unwilling to move," says President Bush. Untrue. We know half a dozen willing to move to the White House. President Bush's approval rating has reached a new low. If this continues, it may slip into the neighborhood of Democratic candidates. "President Bush's idea of solving a domestic problem is to fire the maid and yell at the butler," says Tom Harkin.
October 26, 1991
The latest polls show that President Bush's approval rating has dropped below 50 percent. Uh-oh, time for another international crisis. Don't put those Desert Storm uniforms away yet, and keep those yellow ribbons flying! SOMEBODY DID IT, JOE TAINTED The district attorney's office has absolved Joe Vignola of criminal wrongdoing involving phony signatures on his nominating petitions for City Council in the 1st District. That doesn't mean his campaign isn't tainted.
August 7, 1989 |
Were Winston Churchill alive, he might say of Americans in the past decade that never have so many people been held hostage by the captivity of so few. Ever since an Iranian mob took control of the U.S. Embassy in Teheran on Nov. 4, 1979, the American presidency has been tied inextricably to the plight of innocent hostages held captive in contravention of human decency and international law. In this regard, the presidency has been the surrogate of...
January 28, 2010 |
By now, the sequence is familiar: Barack Obama has a political problem. Barack Obama gives a stellar speech that changes the conversation. Barack Obama lives to fight another day. In 2008, of course, it was an oration about race in America that calmed the controversy over his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In September 2009, President Obama reframed the health-care debate after weeks of protests of Democrats' overhaul plans. But, no matter what he said last night in his first State of the Union address, it was unlikely that Obama would be able to quickly turn around the mess he finds himself in now, after a year of the realities of governing.
October 9, 2011 |
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Occupy Wall Street protesters were upset over a lack of employment prospects and government actions that were "not relevant to their lives. " "I think they are angry that they don't have jobs," Pelosi (D., Calif.) told ABC News' This Week program, scheduled for broadcast Sunday. "There's nothing that makes you angrier than not being able to provide for your family or understand what your prospects are for the future. " Americans' pessimism about the economy helped send President Obama's approval rating to 38 percent last week, the lowest of his presidency.
April 7, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The City Council passed legislation Wednesday that members said would prevent a repeat of mistakes like those made during a day-after-Christmas blizzard that shut down large swaths of the city and reverberated far past the holiday, chipping away at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating and continuing to spark ire among residents and local officials. "We're taking these aggressive actions to make sure that something like this never happens again," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
September 4, 2010
President Obama plans to hold a fund-raiser for Senate candidate Joe Sestak on Sept. 20 in Philadelphia, the Democrat's campaign confirmed Friday. It will be the first event Obama has attended with Sestak, whom the White House opposed in the Democratic primary. Obama welcomed former Republican Sen. Arlen Specter into the fold when he switched parties and supported his renomination, but Sestak defeated Specter handily, positioning himself as a party-bucking outsider. "We're honored that the president would do an event with Joe during his trip to Pennsylvania," spokesman Jonathan Dworkin said.
February 21, 2008 |
New Jersey voters, cranky over a souring economy and suspicious of political leaders, are giving increasingly bad marks to their three statewide elected officials, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. Gov. Corzine's approval rating fell from 46 percent in December to 37 percent in the poll released yesterday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), who is seeking reelection this year, had a 42 percent approval rating in December, compared with 39 percent in the new poll.
October 3, 2001 |
In the first Gallup poll published after the disastrous invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, President John F. Kennedy's approval rating jumped 10 points to 83 percent. The commander in chief looked at the numbers - the disapproval was only 5 percent - and said, "The worse I do, the more popular I get. " Not exactly. But as President Bush learned when his approval rating touched 90 percent last week, Americans rally round the flag when it begins to dip. We may think of ourselves as being fiercely independent as individuals, but history comes down on the side of team spirit when the USA takes the field in crisis.